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From military use in 1938 to restoring the nature in the early 90s.
During World War II the German air force used the Camp’s surface as a military airfield. In the 1950s the Camp was occupied by British and Canadian forces who used the area as their base camp. After the military use the Camp was completely restored. In 1999 the Alfred Töpfer Naturschutzakademie and HOTELCAMP REINSEHLEN settled down. Further information can be found in our CampMap.


The surrounding area of Camp Reinsehlen is covered with low-nutrient grassland.
The term low-nutrient grassland describes different types of extensively cultivated areas of grassland at particularly nutrient-poor areas. The vegetation in this type of biotope is characterised by herbaceous plants and subshrubs.
Nowadays, most low-nutrient grassland areas are endangered. All residual areas are mostly particularly protected as retreats of many different endangered species.


In autumn 1998, the 14th Dalai Lama stayed at the Camp Reinsehlen for ten days in order to participate at the event "Buddhas path to happiness", which was organised by the Tibet Center Hamburg.
Within a month, experts erected a tent village with a surface area of 25,000 sqm. This size was unique in Europe until then. Different sources in the internet reported up to 11,000 people from 56 countries attending the Camp Reinsehlen in those days.


The skylark is a special bird that can be observed around Camp very frequently.

It lives in spacious open areas that are not too humid with low and often patchy vegetation. Especially, in Central Europe it is largely tied to agricultural areas. Depending on its geographical distribution, the species ranges from non-migrational birds to short-distance migrants.

The skylark is a very common breeding bird in Europe and is considered safe worldwide, despite the sometimes significant decline in populations.


Moorland sheep are a very undemanding sheep species.
The German name "Heidschnucke" is composed of the words "Heath" (Heide) and "Schnucke".
Their fur is gray and extremely long; legs, tail and head are black, the lambs are born black and get their colour in their second year. However, there are also white versions. Both genders have cornets.
The moorland sheep are the conservers of our countryside. With their browsing of young copses and grass they keep the heath short and the low-nutrient soil is preserved.
Withouth their help the largest calluna heath areas in Central Europe could not be preserved.

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